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Creative Writing

Create characters whose stories unfold in all sorts of ways and worlds begging to be explored! In this week-long intensive, writers will build and practice the skills needed to create strong, interesting characters whose stories are bursting to be told. We will read excerpts from published writers, engage in short writing challenges, and look at style, grammar and editing. Risk-taking and revision will be celebrated!

Dates: July 31 – August 4 

Times: 11:00am – 3:00pm, plus at least two private writing conferences* 

For: 8th –12th grade students

Cost: $510

(6 maximum)

*Private sessions will be scheduled once workshop begins

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Writer's Workout

 

Have an intense and fun writing workout each day. This week is for teens who want to work on the craft of writing. We will engage in a variety of short activities in order to condition and strengthen overall writing skills. From personal narratives to reader response to editorials to film reviews to persuasive arguments, an assortment of writing challenges will give writers the chance to hone their writing and thinking. Editing skills and grammar rules will be taught.  

Dates: August 7 – August 11 UP NEXT!

Times: 11:30 – 1:30

For: 9th grade – entering college freshmen

Cost: $380

(6 maximum)

 

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Creative Personal Storytelling

Personal narratives are a lot of fun to write because they are about YOU, and no one knows more about what you think, feel, remember, wish than you! This workshop is a fabulous opportunity for students to work on writing skills as they explore moments from their lives and tell their stories. Personal narratives combine essay with creative writing. The result is poignant, vibrant, introspective writing. Finding each writer's unique voice and helping them discover the larger impact of chosen moments is one of several goals. Because college essays are personal narratives, this is an excellent workshop to take prior to one's senior summer in order to develop voice and the comfort needed to explore and write about oneself.

Dates: July 10 – July 14

Times: 11:00am – 3:00pm, plus at least two private writing conferences*

For: 8th –12th grade students

Cost: $510

(6 maximum)

*Private conferences will be scheduled once workshop begins

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On-Demand Writing

 

Return to school this fall ready for all that on-demand writing. Learn and practice the skills and strategies needed to tackle any piece of on-demand writing with confidence. Whether it's the SAT, ACT, in-class essay, or plain-old homework, your child should feel at ease and in control when sitting down to write.

 

Dates: August 28 – September 1

Times: 11 – 12:30 pm

For: 9th – 12th grade students

Cost: $350

(6 maximum)

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YOUNG WRITERS

MYSTERY at the Marmaduke

We'll bring the CREATIVE back to writing as we write mysteries. A variety of writing prompts will give writers the opportunity to explore story, character and language. We will also read excerpts from mysteries and discuss how authors create mood, develop character, and move a story forward. In true workshop style, writers will share their work and offer constructive feedback. We'll also work on specific grammar rules and organizational strategies. Having fun is a priority!

Dates: August 21 – August 25

Times: 5 pm – 6:30 pm

For: 6th – 8th grade students

Cost: $350

(4 minimum; 6 max)

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> Is your family struggling with a financial hardship? Talk to us.

We never want to turn away eager Writers & Thinkers. Discounts available.

RISING SENIORS

The College Essay CRUSH

 

This two-day, six-hour college essay intensive will arm your senior with the understanding, skills and direct feedback needed to write an authentic, dazzling essay. Students will leave with solid drafts of the common app essay, a direction & a due date to send a draft to Wordcraft owner Wendy Fried for feedback/editing suggestions. Each writer will have several 1:1 conferences with their coach during the workshop. Direct instruction on how to write the essay and why it is important is part of the first day's session. Click here to learn about private coaching opportunities.

 

Six Offerings

Session 1

Dates: June 26 & 27* (full | contact us for wait list)

Times: 4:30 – 7:30

Session 2

Dates: July 19 & 20*  ((full | contact us for wait list)

Times: 4:30 – 7:30

Session 3 

Dates: July 27 & 28*  (full | contact us for wait list)

Times: 6 – 9 pm

Session 4 

Dates: August 9 &10*

Times: 6:00 – 9:00 (full | contact us for wait list)

Session 5

Dates: August 21 & 22* (full | contact us for wait list)

Times: 11 – 2

Session 6

Dates: September 9 & 10* (3 spots left!)

Times: 11 – 2

 

Cost: $495

(6 students maximum in each)

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*Each participant gets one follow-up feedback/editing exchange with Wordcraft owner Wendy Fried

The College Essay LAB

 

Three hours of quiet, focused, supervised time to help your senior MOVE FORWARD. One of our coaches will be here to field questions, prioritize tasks, ease anxiety, and have private writing conferences. Students will set goals at the beginning of the LAB and be held accountable for working towards them. Multiple 1:1 conferences will occur. This is for seniors who already have working drafts of their Common App essay, are ready to revise, and tackle supplemental essays.

Cost: $300/each lab

(8 students maximum in each)

 

Dates/Times

September 30 (Sat) | 10-1

October  8 (Sun)     | 10-1

October 21 (Sat)     | 10-1

October 29 (Sun)    | 12-3

November TBD

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"With her encouraging and thoughtful demeanor, Wendy brought out the best in me as a writer, reader, and thinker."

 

--Noah, Chappaqua, New York

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"Wendy taught me how to transform my scattered thoughts into a flowing personal narrative that spoke true to me. Between brainstorming, writing, and editing, she elevated my abilities as both a thinker and a writer while also helping me navigate this critical college application process. I am so thankful for her help in getting into my first choice school."

 

  -Eddie Tu

Pleasantville High School

Harvard University

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Not only does Wendy instill the zest for writing, but she somehow weaves in style, grammar, structure, and composition. Wendy gave my daughter a direction, passion, confidence, and most importantly, a voice.

-Erin Sheridan

Briarcliff Manor, New York

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“Wendy was instrumental in helping me focus my college essay. From the jumble of ideas that was my first draft she helped me organize my thoughts and figure out what I wanted to say and how best to say it. She never just told me what to write, she helped me figure out how to say what I wanted to say. My essay came together really well and kept a strong consistent narrative voice throughout thanks to her.”

 

— Julia, Masters School

Oberlin College

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"Once I started actually writing- pen to paper- the words just started flowing."

 

-Patrick Doherty,

Wesleyan University

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"Writing became FUN again! The creative mood and feeling of safety to try different types of writing and then actually share it is something I'll always be grateful to Wordcraft for."

-Ella F.

Rye Brook, N.Y.

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"When I began to brainstorm [my college essay] in July, I was overwhelmed, terrified, and uninspired. After one meeting, I had a multitude of fantastic original ideas that not only displayed my college-worthy qualities, but did so with humility. I came to Wordcraft with a mosh of rough drafts and unfinished sentences and you were able to guide me to polish my misaligned sentiments into a beautiful essay."

-Mia Dillon,

Pleasantville, N.Y.

 

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"I was pretty annoyed when my mom signed me up for a Writer's Workout in the middle of the summer, but I had so much fun and learned grammar rules I had never heard about before.  My writing got stronger little by little. It was cool when I started to prep for the SATs and realized that I knew a lot of the rules already because of my Wordcraft workshop."

-Daniel W,

Chappaqua, N.Y.

 

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"I was really nervous and quiet on the first day! By the middle of the week, I didn't want the workshop to ever end. I took creative writing, which focused on character development and storytelling, but the skills I learned helped me with all my writing once school started."

-Sarah L.

Ossining, New York

adults

ADULTS

Women Writing Among Women

Creative Personal Narratives

Whether about motherhood or menopause, the decisions to work, stay home, change careers, or figure out what we want to do when we grown up; about being single, newlywed, or married for decades; or about life as a female (whatever that means), you will have the opportunity to explore your experiences, thoughts, and skills in this intimate group. This workshop is a fabulous opportunity for experienced and novice writers to stretch their skills as they explore moments from their lives and tell their stories while connecting with other women. Five Thursdays + plus a 20-min 1:1 conference (online or in person)    

For: All women regardless of age or experience

Dates: Thursdays | April 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25* (full)

Times: 7 – 8:30 pm

*1:1 sessions will be scheduled once workshop has started

Price: $480

maximum 6 writers

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New to the Workplace | ONLINE

Workplace Readiness

writing, communications, confidence


The transition to the workplace after college, grad school, or time at home can be intimidating. Don't let it be. Sharpen the written skills needed for daily communications, tighten your grasp on language, practice your storytelling & listening, see the importance of creativity and compassion, fire up your confidence. Covered: emails, cover letters, pitches, storytelling, giving and receiving feedback, thank you's, basic expository writing
 

Workshop includes:

> Two 1.5 hr Zoom sessions (3 hours total)
> One 1 hr  private session (online or in person)
> Resume & cover coaching & review

For: Adults entering or adjusting to the workplace

Dates: Tuesdays June 6 &13

Times: 7 – 8:30

Private Sessions scheduled separately

Price: $875

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ONLINE

Writing to Refuel

A Writer's Workout

We will engage in a variety of short activities in order to stretch, challenge, and condition overall writing and thinking skills. Connect with others and get lost in your writing in a safe, supportive setting. Activities range from creative to practical, all focusing on improving confidence, skill, and craft.

For: All adults

Dates: 4 Wednesdays, 1.5-hour sessions, starting in Sept. Dates and Times TBA

Price: $360

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IN-PERSON

For Parents of Rising Seniors

College Conversations
Helping Parents Maintain Sanity During The College Application Process | 1.5 hr workshop + 1:1 session

Don't let the college process overwhelm you! It's a anxiety-provoking time for sure, but it's also an EXCITING one. In order to best support your children, you need to feel supported. Let us help. During our 1.5 hr. round-table conversation, you will connect with other parents, get informed, ask questions, share worries, learn about this crazy application and admissions process, and leave with strategies to help your child move through each part of the process with confidence, ownership, direction, excitement, and a plan. Topics will include: college visits, what makes a strong applicant, the application & admissions process, college essays, timelines, and managing your child's anxiety and expectations. Avoid the swirl of anxiety that too often comes with the process! (And keep your sanity and relationship with your child  in tact!)

Click here to join the conversation.

Dates: Session 1: April 18 | Session 2: May TBA

(30-min private coaching sessions will be scheduled on an individual basis)

Times: 7pm – 8:30 pm

Price: $350

Space limited

 

ONLINE

For Parents of Rising Seniors:

College Conversations

How to Maintain Sanity During The College Application Process | a 1-evening ZOOM experience

No freaking out allowed! In order to best support your children, you need to feel supported. The college process can be overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. Prepare yourself for the process by getting informed, developing a clear understanding of the process, and establishing a healthy mindset. This online session aims to bring clarity and balance to the process. We discuss everything from college visits to what makes a student a strong candidate, the wacky admissions process to all those college essays, your child's timeline to how to ease your child's inevitable anxiety. Ultimately, we will suggest strategies you can use to help your child move through the process with confidence, ownership, direction, and excitement. Avoid the swirl of anxiety that too often comes with the process! (And keep your sanity and relationship with your child  in tact!) Participants will be invited to submit questions before the event. We'll do our best to answer them.

Dates: TBA

Times: 1.5 hours

Price: $110

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College Workshops

college essays

RISING SENIORS

The College Essay CRUSH

 

This two-day, six-hour college essay intensive will arm your senior with the understanding, skills and direct feedback needed to write an authentic, dazzling essay. Students will leave with solid drafts of the common app essay, a direction & a due date to send a draft to Wordcraft owner Wendy Fried for feedback/editing suggestions. Each writer will have several 1:1 conferences with their coach during the workshop. Direct instruction on how to write the essay and why it is important is part of the first day's session. Click here to learn about private coaching opportunities.

 

Six Offerings

Session 1

Dates: June 26 & 27* (full | contact us for wait list)

Times: 4:30 – 7:30

Session 2

Dates: July 19 & 20*  (full | contact us for wait list)

Times: 4:30 – 7:30

 

Session 3 

Dates: July 27 & 28* ((full | contact us for wait list)

Times: 6 – 9 pm

Session 4 

Dates: August 9 &10*  (full | contact us for wait list)

Times: 6:00 – 9:00

Session 5

Dates: August 21 & 22* (full | contact us for wait list)

Times: 11 – 2

Session 6

Dates: September 9 & 10* (3 spots left!)

Times: 11 – 2

 

Cost: $495

(6 students maximum in each)

JOIN WORKSHOP

*Each participant gets one follow-up feedback/editing exchange with Wordcraft owner Wendy Fried

The College Essay LAB

 

Three hours of quiet, focused, supervised time to help your senior MOVE FORWARD. One of our coaches will be here to field questions, prioritize tasks, ease anxiety, and have private writing conferences. Students will set goals at the beginning of the LAB and be held accountable for working towards them. Multiple 1:1 conferences will occur. This is for seniors who already have working drafts of their Common App essay, are ready to revise, and tackle supplemental essays.

Cost: $300/each lab

(8 students maximum in each)

 

Dates/Times

September 30 (Sat) | 10-1

October  8 (Sun)     | 10-1

October 21 (Sat)     | 10-1

October 29 (Sun)    | 12-3

November TBD

JOIN LAB (indicate which date/s you are booking)

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past writig workshops

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SUMMER 2022

Creative Writing

Fantasy. Sci-Fi. Realistic Fiction. Humor. Anything goes in this workshop where writers build and practice the skills needed to create strong, interesting characters whose stories are bursting to be told. We will read excerpts from published writers, engage in short writing challenges, and look at style, grammar and editing. Risk-taking and revision will be celebrated!

Writer's Workout

 

Have an intense and fun writing workout each day. This week is for teens who want to work on the craft of writing. We will engage in a variety of short activities in order to condition and strengthen overall writing skills. From personal narratives to reader response to editorials to film reviews to persuasive arguments, an assortment of writing challenges will give writers the chance to hone their writing and thinking. Editing skills and grammar rules will be taught.  

Creative Personal Narratives

Your first overnight. Your first dive. That time you tasted raw oysters or got into trouble or felt betrayed.

 

Personal narratives are a lot of fun to write because they are about YOU, and no one knows more about you – what you think, feel, remember, wish – than you. This workshop is a fabulous opportunity for students to work on writing skills as they explore moments from their lives and tell their stories. Personal narratives combine essay with creative writing. The result is poignant, vibrant, introspective writing. Finding each writer's unique voice and helping them discover the larger impact of chosen moments is one of several goals. Because college essays are personal narratives, this is an excellent workshop to take prior to one's senior summer in order to develop voice and the comfort needed to explore and write about oneself.

On-Demand Writing

 

Return to school this fall ready for all that on-demand writing. Learn and practice the skills and strategies needed to tackle any piece of on-demand writing with confidence. Whether it's the SAT, ACT, in-class essay, or plain-old homework, your child should feel at ease and in control when sitting down to write.

 

Young Writers

MYSTERY at the Marmaduke

We'll bring the CREATIVE back to writing as we write mysteries. A variety of writing prompts will give writers the opportunity to explore story, character and language. We will also read excerpts from mysteries and discuss how authors create mood, develop character, and move a story forward. In true workshop style, writers will share their work and offer constructive feedback. We'll also work on specific grammar rules and organizational strategies. Having fun is a priority!

Young Writers

Reading as Writers

for kids who love to READ

Reading as a writer increases students' attention to detail, craft, character development, and language use. Students who read as writers tend to increase their reading comprehension because they are less likely to read only for plot. We'll shine a spotlight on the writer's craft as we read and discuss a short story each day, and then tackle creative writing prompts that force us to appreciate the magic that writers have created. Students will explore their thoughts and voices as they look closely at how writers explored theirs.

Rising Seniors

The College Essay CRUSH

 

This two-day, six-hour college essay intensive will arm your senior with the skills and direct feedback needed to write an authentic, dazzling essay. Students will leave with solid drafts of the common app essay and an understanding of what they need to do in order to confidently hit SUBMIT. Show those colleges who you are. #Crushtheessay Click here to learn about private coaching opportunities.

 

Six Offerings

 

 

 

 

 

> Is your family struggling with financial hardship? Talk to us.

We never want to turn away eager Writers & Thinkers. Discounts available.

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